Indian pacer Umesh Yadav is looking forward to repeating his lethal bowling attack to crush West Indies batting line up when India face West Indian in the first Test staring on Thursday. As India have found themselves spoilt for choice in recent months, Yadav’s often found himself irreplaceable. The 31-year old played only five Tests in 2018, and just one during the tour of Australia where he claimed two wickets in Perth. However, the tour to West Indies has started positively with Yadav picking up three wickets in the first innings of the tour match in Antigua against West Indies A, putting his hand up for consideration for the first Test starting on Thursday.
“I am playing red ball cricket after a break so the practice match has definitely helped me,” Yadav said. “In terms of preparing for the Test series, I believe it is all about getting your rhythm going first and then the line and length. I have been working on that. With Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in the squad, Yadav knows it will be an uphill task to break into the playing XI. He believes though that the competition among the fast bowling group makes them better. “The competition among the fast bowlers is exciting and challenging and makes you focus more on your own performances too. It is a healthy thing for the team because every bowler wants a long run in the side and the bench strength ensures we stay on our game at all times.
We have to keep performing for the team.” While some of the regulars are being given a rest on this tour after a hectic summer with the IPL and the World Cup, Yadav is coming off a rest period and is happy that he could go back to the drawing board to work on ironing out the flaws from last season. According to the fast bowler, the major chunk of the issue is mostly in the mind and not on the field of play. “Having mental clarity is extremely important and the time away has definitely helped. I have come back with a more positive mindset after working with Subroto Banerjee and the rest of the players.” Yadav has done what he could, now it is up to the team management to consider his claims.